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Forks Week: Feed your soul at the Misty Valley Inn Bed & Breakfast

As The Twilight Saga: Eclipse dominated the MTV Movie Awards, demolishing competitors with its mega-fan power, I was relaxing at my local Forks, WA B&B, recovering from a two week vacation binge that culminated in the sleepy little town where it all started.  Relaxing in the quaint and homey Misty Valley Inn’s media room, I felt fortunate to be able to watch Eclipse win the award for Best Movie and to see the world premiere of the new Breaking Dawn trailer while actually in Forks.  As you can imagine, that was a pretty surreal experience.  By now, the MTV Movie Awards are old news, but I will always treasure the time I spent at the Misty Valley Inn Bed & Breakfast.

   

The Rooms

The Misty Valley Inn offers a selection of 4 rooms, each with its own private bath and at least a queen-sized bed: The Dutch Room, The Irish Room, The French Room, and the English Room.  All of the rooms are immaculately kept and are beautifully decorated for your arrival, including an elegant spread of faux rose petals and glass rocks on the bed, and a covered presentation dish offering 2 petite bon bons to snack on.
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We stayed in the Dutch Room, the only one that offers a rear-view of the yard (wiith a semi-private porch, allowing direct access to the outdoor breakfast area) and a king-sized bed.  This room will cost you a little extra, but it is well worth it!

The Breakfast

Upon arrival, as soon as you’ve set your bags in your room, one of the inn’s genial hosts gives you the tour and then takes your wake-up call and breakfast orders.  The list of wake-up tray beverages is impressive, featuring a delicious raspberry hot chocolate and a vast selection of tea, and the breakfast offerings are even more enticing, including pastry delicacies such as soufflés and crepes.  Your wake-up tray is left at the door with a stout knock (alarm clocks are discouraged at this B&B), allowing you to enjoy your morning beverage of choice at your leisure.  Be sure to read your daily weather forecast, presented on handsome, handmade, scrapbook-worthy cards.

Then, once you’ve woken up and it’s time for breakfast, you head out to the dining area.  On nice days, as we were fortunate enough to enjoy during our stay, you can choose to sit outside on the deck facing the beautiful meadow out back or you can sit at the elegant table set in front of a large panoramic window showcasing the view from the dining room.  The inn offers a selection of desserts 24 hours a day, available on a side board in the dining room, but try not to get too distracted by the chocolate raspberry cake, key lime bars, and chocolate chip brownies, because the biggest, most scrumptious breakfast event of your life is about to take place!

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Breakfast starts with an appetizer (yes, seriously) of a spiced fruit and a pastry of some sort.  The first morning we had spiced peaches with cream and a scone with jam, and the second we enjoyed spiced pears and fall-apart triple-berry muffins, with your choice of juices, coffee, tea, water, or chocolate… all served on elegant china with stemware.  Again, make an effort to restrain yourself (because all of this is truly delicious) as your real meal hasn’t yet arrived!  For breakfast, here are the dishes they were offering during our stay…
  • Irish Waffles: Pecan or walnut waffles with whipped cream and hot orange syrup
  • Northwest Apple Soufflé: Shaved Granny Smith apples and whipped eggs with nutmeg, allspice, and cloves, served with spiced apple syrup
  • Old Fashioned French Toast: Dried French bread soaked in custard and baked until puffy, served with hot maple syrup
  • Logger Pancakes: Blueberry, Triple Berry, Oatmeal, Walnut, Pecan, or any combination, served with hot apple, orange, or maple syrup
  • Fresh Strawberry Crepe: Hand-sliced strawberries and whipped cream in an ultra-thin crepe
  • Moroccan Omelet: Thin sliced mushrooms sauteed with butter, onions, and 7 Arabic spices (that are “tasty, not hot”), placed on a very thin egg case with white cheddar cheese, and topped with béchamel sauce

So how did it taste?  Well, first let me say that it looked heavenly, and tasted divine!  The first morning, we selected the french toast and waffles and were both very pleased with our food.  The second morning, we chose the soufflé and crepe.  These portions are LARGE!  We could have shared a plate and still had food left over!  The presentation was wonderful, with the china and doilies and cloth napkins and traditional teapot, and the view was breath-taking.

To complete this amazing breakfast experience, the inn also fosters a menagerie of wildlife that is tame enough to come within several feet of guests.  The chipmunks squeek and feed while the hummingbirds zoom from feeder to feeder and the bluejays flit from railing to roof.  If you’re lucky, you might even see some elk in the meadow.

The Hospitality

The hospitality at the Misty Valley Inn is impeccable.  We came in very late (after midnight) and I felt terrible because I knew that even though a B&B is a business, it’s also someone’s home.  When I called ahead to check what time was too late for arrival, the owner was very friendly and encouraged me to continue with my plans and enjoy my time in the area.  She even recommended a few things we could do while we were waiting for our Bella Italia reservation slot.  When we arrived at nearly midnight, there was still one other couple expected that evening, and the man who greeted us (the other owner) was incredibly welcoming and unassuming.  They will help you with pretty much anything you need, whether it’s deciding where to eat or getting directions, or meeting a personal need such as a pitcher of water in your room at night… all you need to do is ask!

The Grounds

The Misty Valley Inn is located literally just off the  highway, about 2 miles outside of Forks.  Cozily hidden behind a small thatch of trees that shelter it from highway noise and visual pollution, the inn’s real charm is its backyard view.  We toured many places in the Pacific Northwest during our two week trip, but this location remains my absolute favorite (even over a Gold Crown resort we stayed at in Blaine!).  The house itself is two levels, with the top (and best views) being dedicated solely to the B&B and the bottom floor functioning as living quarters for the staff.  The deck runs the entire length of the back of the house and wraps around one side and across the front all the way to the double-doored entry.  If you read the description of the Cullen house on page 86 of The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide, the description narrated by Bella of the location and appearance of the Cullen House is more appropriate to the Misty Valley Inn than to the bed and breakfast that was chosen as the “official” Cullen house in Forks.

A colorful and well-kept garden decorates the center of the back lawn and a tranquility water garden adorns the area just below the Dutch Room’s private deck, allowing visitors in that corner of the house to enjoy the peaceful sound of running water all night long.  The lawn itself spills into the adjacent meadow, which resembles a lush, mature Christmas tree farm.  I hear there are elk that play and graze in the meadow, but we never had the chance to see them.  One of my favorite features is the hot tub, located under the back deck, that looks out over the meadow.  With such long summer days, I was able to relax in the steaming water until nearly 10pm before retiring for the evening.  My sweetie was craving some puppy-love after 2 weeks away from his little guys, so he enjoyed playing with the inn’s 2 dogs, Mya and Mo.

The Bottom Line

The cost of the stay at the Misty Valley Inn may be restrictive for some travellers, but it is not overly expensive considering all the amenities and courtesies it offers.  In fact, many of the standard motels inside Forks charge nearly as much and offer much much less in return.  If I ever return to the Forks area, this is where I will stay, bar none.  Even if I stay for a week!  I honestly did not want to leave, and trust me when I say that Forks itself is not entertaining enough for me to normally consider spending a week in.  *wink*

Misty Valley Inn: (877) 374-9389

If you are planning a trip to Forks or are just looking for a relaxing, scenic getaway, GO NOW and book your room at the Misty Valley Inn Bed & Breakfast!  Having won numerous awards from BedandBreakfast.com and  ranked #1 in Forks on TripAdvisor, you can’t go wrong with a stay at this charming little home-away-from-home.  Check out their website below the awards photo above.  You can check availability and make reservations online or via phone.

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Forks Week: What to see, where to shop & eat!

Ok, let’s be honest with ourselves for a minute.  If you’re a Twilight fan, even if you don’t consider yourself a “Twihard”, you’ve probably considered visiting the tiny town of Forks, WA.  Maybe it was a wistful “Oh, what a lovely area. I’d like to see those beaches!” or maybe it was more “OMG I MUST go see where Bella and Jacob and the Cullens live, THEN I want to buy tons of awesome fangirl stuff!”  Somewhere in between?  *wink*  Well, this IS Forks week, and I just got back from a two week Pacific Northwest vacation, so of course I took a few days to visit the famed town!  If you missed Pocket Edward’s photo-journal, look at yesterday’s post and check out his awesome trip photos!  The rest of the week will also be lots of fun, with a look inside Twilight Tours, a review of the Misty Valley Inn Bed and Breakfast, and Edward’s own take on Port Angeles’ Bella Italia restaurant.  Today is all about the money!  Where can I spend it on attractions, souvenirs, and food?!

***** Note: For you non-Twilight fan readers out there, my normal blog activities (book reviews and news) will resume next week! ***** 
   

What to see!

Every Twilight fan on a pilgrimage to Forks, should visit the Chamber of Commerce.  Not only can you see (and take pictures with!) Bella’s trucks (the model from the books and the model from the movies), you can also pose with life-size cardboard cutouts of our favorite characters and see for yourself and just how much rain Forks actually gets each year via the outdoor rain gauge.  Don’t forget to put a pin in the map representing your home city, then marvel and just how much tourism Twilight has brought to Forks in the last few years.
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Also not to miss, however anticlimactic it may turn out to be, is the Forks “Home of the Spartans” high school sign.  I’m told that not a single frame of the movies has been filmed in Forks, so don’t be surprised when you look at the high school and don’t recognize it at all.  In fact, they’re in the process of rebuilding the old high school and only re-displayed the original sign after legions of angry Twilight fans complained about its absence during their visits.  Thanks to our fellow sisters-in-arms (erm, sisters-in-sparkle?), you can now view the original Forks High School sign in all its wooden glory.  Beware jaded glances from actual high school students if you are brave enough to try taking a photo with it.  *grin*

Of course, any Twilight fan worth their glitter wouldn’t miss seeing all the famous houses!  You can see them on your own (Lapelles Florist will give you a free handy map with everything nicely drawn out and easy to find) or you can take one of the Twilight tours.  More info on the tours tomorrow!  Check out a quick sneak peek at the houses the townspeople felt best fit Stephanie Meyer’s book descriptions…

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Where to shop!

Shopping in Forks really is a must.  Nearly all the stores in town carry some sort of Twilight paraphernalia, and some of them offer one-of-a-kind handmade items (by locals) and unique commercial merchandise.

Tops on my list for commercial items is Dazzled By Twilight.  This is the mega-store for all things vampire and paranormal (including True Blood & The Vampire Diaries), and it even includes an “adult” section in a secluded black lit room.  The decor is unsurpassed, better than some of the popular trendy shops I’ve seen in larger cities with its “grass” turf floor, tree and foliage decor, and the Twilight flavor just shimmering off its shelves.  From “Bite me!” boy briefs to Cullen baseball jerseys, Dazzled has a selection large enough to satisfy even the most demanding of fans.

For personalized souvinirs and scrapbooking gems, you can’t beat Lapelles Flowers and Gifts.  This unassuming little flower shop will surprise you with its large selection of vampire-inspired (and Twilight-specific) papers, stickers, and kits (all of which takes up roughly half the merchandise space!), and it still has a great selection of charming gifts, including a few items that can be personalized while you wait.  Don’t forget t-shirts and caps!  Lapelles has those too, as well as some super-cute knit “Cullen” beanies and, my personal favorite souvinir from the entire trip, a personalized glittery apple.

If you’re more interested in the native culture in Forks and the Twilight Saga, definitely visit Native To Twilight.  Offering a wide selection of Quilluite-inspired home decorations such as carvings, jewelry, and wall & window hangings, Native To Twilight also carries handmade cards made by local artists.  Get yourself one of these, then take it to the Post Office and ask for a “cancel stamp” (it’s free – you don’t have to actually mail it, just ask to have your item stamped).  Voila, your very own one-of-a-kind keepsake with indisputable Forks provenance!

Where to eat!

With all this exploring, you’re going to need some serious fuel.  Here are a few of my favorites…

No Twilight trip would be complete without a trip to Bella Italia in Port Angeles!  Obviously, this restaurant is not IN Forks, but it is well worth the 45 minute or so drive to nearby Port A.  You’ll probably notice that this too is not the same as the movie location for Bella Italia.  Go ahead and feel a little down about it, but then shake it off and sit down to one of the best meals of your life… bar none.  I’ve eaten all over the world, had some of the finest cuisine in some of the fanciest restaurants, and the food at Bella Italia ranks up there with all but the most elite.  Of course, I’m partial to Italian food, but one thing I am NOT usually a fan of is mushrooms.  Unfortunately, Stephanie Meyer wrote in Mushroom Ravioli as Bella’s food the night of her and Edward’s first date.  This means (you guessed it) either my husband or I had to order this dish to try it.  Much to my surprise and overwhelming relief, it was divine!  I won’t go into any more detail because Edward will be covering the food reviews on Friday here on Gravetells, but suffice it to say this:

Save up some money ($14-$20 per plate ish), make your reservation (they fill up fast, so don’t wait til the day of!), make the drive, and sit down to one of the best restaurant Italian meals you’ll find outside of Italy itself!

For fast food with quality ingredients and a clean atmosphere, visit Pacific Pizza! I’m what I like to call a “pizza connoisseur”.  That’s fancy-schmancy for “I eat a lot of pizza and can’t seem to get enough”.  I’ve tasted a lot of bad pizza and I’m a little ashamed to admit that I expected Pacific Pizza to be disappointing.  Well, I certainly don’t mind being wrong about a fabulous new pizza place!  This joint was, to borrow from Rachel Ray, YUM-O!  The menu is surprisingly sophisticated, with a selection of sandwiches and paninis in addition to their standard and gourmet pizzas, and the dining area was quaintly decorated and cleanly kept.  The service was also warm and friendly, which sadly was not the overwhelmingly typical experience for me in Forks.  Minimally friendly, yes.  Southern-hospitality-style welcoming, no.

For yummy, fresh sandwiches and sweet coffee confections, head over to Forks Outfitters! Yep, I said Forks Outfitters.  Outwardly, this building looks like a Safeway meets Academy meets Home Depo, with a coffee shop attached.  Honestly speaking, it’s not really a welcoming facade, and I probably wouldn’t have stopped in here to check for food if I hadn’t been a) really hungry and b) jonzing for a London Fog.  *grin*  Luckily for me (and now all of you!), we took a chance and had the deli make us fresh sandwiches.  As simple as that sounds (“fresh” sandwiches), I should point out that the deli has a decent selection of pre-made sammies and other cooked foods such as pasta, eggrolls, and meats.  When we asked for a freshly made sandwich, we were repeatedly pointed toward the pre-mades and warned about the size limitation (they apparently won’ t make a half-sized-sandwich fresh, only whole ones) and the extra cost of additional meats and cheeses ($1 each).  After about a 5 minute discussion and explanation, we finally had our sandwiches started.  It took a while to make them (I’m thinking most people probably just cave and buy the pre-made ones, which probably taste great too!), but when we finally got them back to the B&B, the wait was COMPLETELY worth it!

Long story short?  Go to Forks Outfitters and insist on a freshly made deli sandwich, then hit up the cute little coffee shop and get yourself a London Fog or a Mocha.  Best sandwich and coffee I had all trip!

Finally, if you’re willing to spend a little extra and want the best breakfast in town, book a night at Misty Valley Inn bed & breakfast.  The Misty Valley Inn is a wonderfully charming bed & breakfast just a couple miles outside the town center of Forks.  By that, I mean it’ll take you a whole 5 minutes to drive from the B&B to downtown.  😉  The owners are lovely people and have a serious flair for extravagant breakfasts.  You’ll get your morning tray of tea/coffee/chocolate, which is heavenly on its own, and then you’ll be treated to a literally gourmet breakfast overlooking one of the most scenic views in the entire area.  More about the Misty Valley Inn B&B on Thursday, but for now let me just share a few images of their mouthwatering breakfast selections and view…

Contact info for featured businesses

If you live too far away to visit Forks but still want to order some merchandise, or if you’re planning a trip and want to start making your reservations, check out the links below.  Hope you enjoyed the info!  I’d be glad to answer any questions in the comments section below.  Also look for my reviews (as davincikittie) on TripAdvisor.com

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Forks Week: Edward’s travel scrapbook

Helloooooo fellow vampire lovers and faithful Gravetells readers!  I know it’s been a while since my last update, and I try to keep up at least semi-regular postings, so where the heck have I been?!  My husband and I just returned from a 2 week Pacific Northwest blitz vacation, where my sweetie gracriously agreed to spend a whole 3 tedious (for him, hah!) days in Forks and Port Angeles.  I know, how awesome is he?!

So, in honor of the all the Twilight fans out there soaking up new information about Forks and the whole Twilight experience, this week is Forks Week!  All week I’ll be profiling various places and activities to share with all of you, and to give you some recommendations for your own future Twilight Pilgrimages.  Here’s this week’s lineup:

  • Monday (today!):  Edward’s travels through the Pacific Northwest
  • Tuesday:  Forks – What to see, where to eat, & where to shop!
  • Wednesday:  Twilight Tours photos & info
  • Thursday:  Misty Vally Inn Bed & Breakfast review
  • Friday:  Edward reviews Bella Italia in Port Angeles
***** Note: For you non-Twilight fan readers out there, my normal blog activities (book reviews and news) will resume next week! ***** 
   
Of course I took Pocket Edward along on the journey, and he had a fantastic time touring Seattle, exploring the harbor, revisiting Bella Italia, and thumbing his nose at Jacob’s house in Forks.  Edward is getting ready for his food critique of Bella Italia on Friday, so he asked me to share a few of his favorite moments from the trip.  Enjoy!  (Click on any picture to open it full-size in a new window)

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